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For questions about The Rubaiyat, the poems most famously attributed to Omar Khayyám. Use with [omar-khayyam], [persian-literature], and [poetry]. If referencing the popular English translation, use with [edward-fitzgerald]

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Was FitzGerald the first to collect the poems of the Rubaiyat together?

According to Wikipedia: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám is the title that Edward FitzGerald gave to his translation of a selection of poems, originally written in Persian and numbering about a thousand, ...
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What's the "Tower of Darkness" in the Rubaiyat referring to?

Stanza 26: (from the English version by FitzGerald) A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries "Fools! Your reward is neither Here nor There!" What's the "Tower of Darkness" referred to? I'm ...
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Did the author base this element on the Rubaiyat?

In a non-fiction history book, Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years, a (temporarily) recurring element is "The Tower of Darkness". Chapter 3 is even titled that, and it's fairly clearly ...